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Airway plans for rec center's future

For the Airway Heights Recreation Center, the future is bright. As construction on the 46,000 square foot facility continues, the recreation center nearly two decades in the making is finally taking...

Mobile home fire lands two in hospital

A mobile home fire in Airway Heights resulted in two people, including a firefighter, being transported to the hospital Saturday night. Firefighters responded to the scene on the 12500 block of Sunset Highway at about 5 p.m. Saturday and the flames...

Cheney's Bicycle Time to close doors by October

Mark Sheldon got involved in the bicycle repair business when he was 15 years old - a 45-year career that will come to an end this October with the closure of his Cheney business, Bicycle Time....

Silver Lake fire held to 100 acres

Thanks to quick mobilization and nearby water resources, firefighting crews were able to contain to 100 acres a grass and timber fire that broke out on Monday about three miles northwest of Cheney....

West Plains Police News

CHENEY July 24 Andreis D. Valencia, 22, Tavion E. Lewis, 20, and a 16-year-old male were arrested for second-degree theft/shoplifting for a theft from a vehicle incident that took place on May 16 on the 2800 block of First Street. July 26 Tyler L....

Cossalman story correction

The Aug. 2 story on the inclusion of the Cossalman House on Cheney’s historic registry contained an incorrect first name of one of the home’s owners. The home is owned by Fred and Catherine Lauritzen. We incorrectly named Catherine as...

A deeper look at Medical Lake police reports

When weekly police reports for Medical Lake arrive from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office they run the gamut from response to alarms to traffic stops and dozens of other interactions. While the reports offer specific addresses, the Cheney Free...

Maverik plans to open new location in Airway Heights

Maverik, the convenience store and fueling station company, is adding another location on the West Plains on the southeast corner of Hayford Road and Highway 2 in Airway Heights. “They have been looking at the development for quite some time,...

Gerbers named Cheney's Yard of the Month

The home of Sterling and Laurelle Gerber, 372 Nolan Brown Place, has been named the Yard of the Month for August by the Cheney Garden Club and the Cheney Kiwanis. For their efforts the Gerbers...

Avista institutes dry weather measures

In response to dry summer conditions and high wildfire danger in the region, Avista is undertaking temporary changes to power line operations in its Washington and Idaho service area. The utility said in an Aug. 6 news release that these temporary...

EWU soccer simply reloads for 2018 season

Life for Eastern Washington University soccer will carry on after Chloe Williams. Both head coach Chad Bodnar and the rest of the Big Sky Conference seem to agree on that for the two-time league...

Kurt Kramer added to Hall of Fame

Kurt Kraemer. the high-flying former Eastern Washington University All-America triple jumper will be among the 18th class of inductees into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 22, 2018. Kraemer was a four-time Big Sky Conference Champion...

Learning lacrosse

Mark Funkhouser of the Lacrosse Fanatic Camp instructs a session Aug. 3 at Roos Field. This is the fifth year for the camp that helps players fine tune their skills...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school, club or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE FOOTBALL Schedule of EWU Preseason Football Practices Times and locations are tentative and subject to change. Practices usually last for two...

The saga of Ohio State's Urban Meyer mirrors life's challenges

I’ll admit, I’m not as much up to speed on the Urban Meyer situation at Ohio State University as I should be, given that one of my many hats here at the Cheney Free Press is one of sports guru. Or more accurately, one of several gurus. Meyer,...

Eagles ranked ninth nationally in STATS preseason poll

The Eastern Washington University football team has been ranked ninth in the STATS preseason top 25 poll announced Aug. 6. That poll, as well as a poll of coaches now conducted by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), will be released...

Hanks' Hall of Fame visit full of memories

Medical Lake’s Phoenix Hanks was not the recipient of a scholarship offered by the U.S. Army and awarded at ceremonies surrounding the 2018 inductions into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last weekend. The memories he took away from his time in...

Eagles are picked to defend 'Sky titles

The two-time defending Big Sky Conference champions were selected to defend their title, as the Eastern Washington University soccer team was picked to finish first in the Big Sky preseason soccer poll for the second-straight season, the conference...

Battling for the ball

Tamarick Pierce (24) and Trevor Davis Jr. (41) had quite a battle for the ball during drills at an Aug. 6 practice for the Eastern Washington University football team. The Eagles will practice at the...

Law enforcement should be pursuing phantom scammers

Last week my wife and I both received scam attempts. The scammers didn’t get any money from us, but they did cause some inconvenience. In some way that I don’t pretend to understand, they hacked into my wife’s computer, locked it up and...

West Plains Angels event raises $1,120 for locals

Our “Christmas in July” fundraising event at the Medical Lake Pizza Factory was a great success. Angels, a Roman Centurion (to deal with any bullies) and Rudolph were all in attendance. The former mayor of Cheney, Allan Gainer, was our...

McMorris Rodgers, GOP target Social Security funds

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is after $2.9 trillion of our Social Security money. She is now on record as being in support of stealing $2.9 trillion of the American people’s earned Social Security benefits. When Social Security runs a surplus, Social...

Back in town: Talbot joins Free Press

Driving across the mountains and entering the West Plains felt to me like the whole world had heaved a sigh of relief. Out from under concrete skyscrapers and away from bumper-to-bumper traffic, moving back to Eastern Washington was as much of a...

Thanks Medical Lake for a successful Tennis-A-Thon

I would first like to thank our committee members, Sharon Lemaster, Glenda Haugen, Dawn Eliliasen, Jake Wesselman, Ivanna Lomas and Robert Haugen for all their help and time to create a successful 21st year of the 24-Hour Medical Lake...

Cheney names Andrus director of support services

Cheney Public Schools announced in an Aug. 2 news release that Dr. Robin Andrus has been selected as the new Director Of Student Support Services. Andrus was selected for the assistant director position in June after an extensive interview process,...

Call leads Cheney FBLA club with second place at nationals

The Cheney High School FBLA Club (Future Business Leaders of America) finished their trip to the National FBLA Leadership conference a couple of weeks ago. The chapter had 14 members compete in eight...

Medical Lake benefits from Angels

West Plains Angels held a “Christmas in July” fundraiser at Medical Lake’s Pizza Factory on July 22., raising $1,120, which was split between the Medical Lake High School Associated Student Body and the Medical Lake Care and Share Thrift...

Cheney graduate trains at renowned Navy center

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A 2008 Cheney High School graduate and Spokane native is serving at the Navy’s largest aviation training center. Airman Bradley Witter is an aviation electronics technician and operates out of Naval Air Technical Training...

West Plains Briefs

West Plains Arts Academy holds ‘Blackbeard’ auditions West Plains Arts Academy is holding auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” on Aug. 13 at 10 a.m. at Cheney City Hall. There are roles for...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Another hot week. Looking for relief? Come and visit the members of the Congregational Church. Not the chilliest place in town, but the conversation is warm and friendly. The Congregation Church is interested in knowing...

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Twenty-five years ago in 1993, the Cheney Community Fair restarted as a place for local 4H and community members to show livestock, food preservation, and other participatory activities at the Cheney Rodeo grounds. Learn more about our area’s...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Aug. 14, 2008 Medical Lake’s Stan Johnson was promoted to postmaster of his hometown station after three years of heading up the Chewelah post office. Eastern Washington University hosted 10 faculty members and graduate students from...

West Plains Flames

On Monday, Aug. 6, a series of fires were started along Interstate 90 between Cheney and Medical Lake. Ultimately called the Silver Lake, as of Thurs., Aug. 9 the blaze was listed at having consumed... Full story

Brian Scott Savage

Brian Scott Savage was born Sept. 26, 1980 and passed away July 15, 2018. Brian was a father, son, brother and lifelong friend to many. He was born in Vancouver, Wash. to Deb Savage. When he was four-years-old Rick Kinnie became his dad. When he...

James William Dickenson

James William Dickenson died July 30, 2018 in New Braunfels, Texas where he had moved to be near his family. He was born on Nov. 16, 1937 in a coal-mining community in West Virginia. He was the oldest of five boys, Alvin Edward (Ed), Thomas...

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